Meeting for the week of January 7-13, 2018
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Hiring and Generational Differences
Speaker: Greg Martin
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Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.
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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!
Here’s a message from President Andrew:
Greetings Rotarians and Guests,
This week we have Greg Martin talking about how generational differences can affect hiring practices. As a fairly multi-generational e-Club, I think there will be much that resonate with us. Throughout my life, just as I have greatly benefited from connecting with people of different cultures and backgrounds, I’ve also been able to find valuable lessons from the fresh perspectives of those younger than me and seasoned experiences from those older. One of the great benefits of being in this e-Club is exposure to many different worldviews. And this has changed my life in both dramatic and minute ways. I hope this has been true for both our members and our guests as well.
Andrew Taw, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
Weekly Funny with the Lady of Laughter (LOL)
We believe laughter is an important part of life, and we should all make time to laugh a little. This segment of our meeting is meant to tickle you just enough. These funnies are curated by member Yvonne Kwan, our “Lady of Laughter!”
I hope everyone’s 2019 has been off to a great start! Some of you may have resolutions to eat healthier, so lucky for you that food jokes have zero calories!
Did you hear about the carrot detective?
He got to the root of every case!
What do you call a grilled cheese sandwich that gets right up in your face?
Too close for comfort food!
Which vegetable tries to be cool but is only partly successful?
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
For much of his life, Bin Xu was one of 300 million farmers who made up the agricultural industry in China. But Xu always dreamt of flying high in the sky. His dream felt like a distant reality, until Xu decided to take matters into his own hands. Trading in his tractor for a screwdriver, Xu created his first successful aircraft out of his family’s farming equipment. Today, he makes his living building unusual aircrafts for flying enthusiasts throughout China, spending his spare time soaring the sky.
Coffee With a Rotarian
A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee With a Rotarian is a monthly program of our club where we match participating club members for one-on-one virtual (or in some cases in person) coffee meetings, so they can learn more about each other. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.
This week we have Rushton from San Jose, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Nan from Penngrove, CA, USA.
Nan and I had a great time with our CWR connection! She is a traveling doctor, describing her life as “insanely flexible,” which sounds like a great frame for anyone’s life. Next year she’ll be going to Fiji with a group of Rotarians from Salt Lake City as part of a mental health project for women there.
Nan joined Rotary as a result of her sister-in-law talking with her about what she finds as wonderful about being part of a world-wide group dedicated to serving others. After looking around, she found us and decided we’re an interesting group that matches one of her life goals, which is, in her words, “to surround myself with as many cool people as possible, because they’re out there.”
And indeed, we’ve added a really cool person in Nan!
We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!
Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey
On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!
A music fundraiser for TELL, a mental health care and suicide prevention non-profit in Japan.
Worked on min-e-grant proposals to help the local Relay for Life group and Justin’s House (the charity our club has helped support – they work with kids battling addiction).
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Our Events & Projects
We hold our meetings online, but we do regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of the events and service projects listed here.
Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!
Past Events & Projects:
Our club recently hosted a brainstorm and brunch session. See a picture below!
From left: Andrew Taw, Cecelia Babkirk, Suzanne Van Stralen, Heather Shaw, Mitty Chang, Ferheen Abbasi, and Yvonne Kwan (Rushton Hurley was behind the camera, and Raquel D’Garay-Juncal joined over Zoom).
All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)
More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email [email protected]
What would you like to do?
Hey Members! What would you like to do? We’re working on putting together some exciting socials and impactful service projects for our upcoming quarter’s event calendar. Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.
Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good
Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.
Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)
Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.
Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Made it into quasi-retirement. I say “quasi-retirement” because I will be working part-time.
Monique Ziesenhenne made a $25 donation.
Happy New Year!
Anonymous made a $25 donation.
Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.
Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select a few comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.
Here are the comments selected from last week’s meeting.
Rushton, I’d love to resurrect my once-good-but-now-extinct Mandarin by practicing with you. I’ll also offer one of my historical talks for a club presentation sometime in 2019.
Catherine A said:
Wishing everyone a happy, peaceful and healthy 2019!
Nan Herron said:
I love this, and Roger, you are absolutely nothing short of hilarious! Your delivery is priceless! Me, I’m going to learn Spanish this year.
Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!
Program: Hiring and Generational Differences
Speaker: Greg Martin
Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others. Special thanks to member Roger Plested for leading our club’s Programs Committee in finding us amazing speakers each week.
Our speaker this week is Greg Martin, who will explore issues and challenges in hiring practices.
Martin currently serves as the Upper School Dean at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. Perkiomen is a 6th-12th grade boarding and day school with 350 students representing 30 nations. Martin completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Wheaton College (Massachusetts), his MA in European history at Western Connecticut State University, and his Doctorate in Educational Policy at Drexel University, where his dissertation focused on the sustainability of the triple-threat model of teacher (teacher, coach, dorm parent) found in elite American boarding schools, and one he has lived personally.
Martin also has experience as a university instructor, and his research has expanded to focus on hiring practices in independent schools and how generational differences will impact these practices and systems. These practices address challenges in hiring practices at schools, but apply to other professional environments, as well, and we welcome everyone to continue the discussion for how the ideas play out in your field in the discussion area, below.
Members and guests, please welcome Greg Martin!
Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!
Upcoming Program Recording Schedule
All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online over Zoom video conference. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.
Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. You are welcome to join us! Please note the timezone listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).
If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to [email protected]
You’re Almost Done! One last thing: The Attendance Survey…
Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, we have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.
Visiting Rotarians, this is how you can get an email receipt to pass along to your club’s secretary as proof that you’ve attended our meeting if you need it for makeups.
Non-Rotarian Guests, we would love to see who is dropping by our meetings! This part is optional for you. If you think you may want to join our eClub at some point in the future, we would strongly recommend you fill out the attendance form as it will improve your chances of success for your membership application.
More importantly, for all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment below in our comments area below. Tell us how you enjoyed the program. Ask this week’s speaker any questions you might have. Or just stop by and say hello and tell us where you’re from!